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30 June 2010, 12:46

Gosling has mixed feelings about Oracle's Java expertise

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JAG SP James Gosling has mixed feelings about Oracle's ability to handle Java. Often called the "Father of Java", Gosling made his comments at the Hadoop Summit 2010 to Infoworld. Gosling believes that Oracle on the server side will "execute really well" as the Java VM on enterprise level hardware is "the core of their business". But beyond that, he is unsure how Java will fare, saying that Java on desktops and cellphones is "kind of a strange world to them". Java has a strong presence on cellphones with J2ME running on millions of cellphones.

Gosling, who headed up Java's launch in 1995, left Sun in April after the Oracle acquisition and is currently taking a six to eight month break from corporate life. In the meantime, he is working on a VW funded Stanford University project developing a Java-based autonomous vehicle which is hoped to be take part in the Pike's Peak road rally.

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